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Old August 21st, 2013, 03:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Droid Maxx MEID

I tried *#06# to get the MEID. Nothing happens.

Go to ... Settings | About phone | Status
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This is the MEID

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Android Device Manager has a handy method for ringing your phone or requesting a Factory Data Reset. My Maxx is not listed. How do I make it "registered"? If I list devices it shows an XT1080 with the option to display it in menus checked.

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here's a tip for sound quality: under settings-->sounds--> effects there is a built in equalizer
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here's a tip for sound quality: under settings-->sounds--> effects there is a built in equalizer
One of the first things I did was disable the audio effects.
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I turned on focus in the camera. If you long press on the screen a burst of pictures begins. I like that!
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Android Device Manager has a handy method for ringing your phone or requesting a Factory Data Reset. My Maxx is not listed. How do I make it "registered"? If I list devices it shows an XT1080 with the option to display it in menus checked.

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Thom, mine shows up (listed as XT1080). My old device was a Droid 3; if I click that in ADM, it lists the Maxx.

You may need to update Google Play Services. Check the play store for updates (if you haven't already) and hopefully the new play services installs. If you see Android Device Manager in the Google Settings app, I'd think you'd be all set.

I noticed that Motorola also has a lost device service. After you activate it on the phone, you can go to https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/home and sign in in the upper right and follow the prompts to add your device.
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Android Device Manager has a handy method for ringing your phone or requesting a Factory Data Reset. My Maxx is not listed. How do I make it "registered"? If I list devices it shows an XT1080 with the option to display it in menus checked.

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In settings, Security and screen lock, Device administrators, check all three.
Go to https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager?u=0 on your computer and select XT1080 at top. It should locate your phone on the map. If you select ring it will ring your phone. Swipe up to stop. Loud sucker! It may take a while to locate your phone on the map depending on strength of the GPS signal.Very accurate.
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Just watched the Droid commercial where the dummy leaves his Droid in the back of a cab and chases it down to a group of cabs and says "OK Google Now, call my droid" and the phone rings leasing him to the cab it is in. Kind of silly but of course I had to say "OK Google Now, call my Droid" while it was sitting on my desk asleep. It started ringing. Swipe up to cancel.
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The lost device service is what I am trying to establish. It lists my deactivated Bionic and Deactivated Droid X but not the Maxx.

I saw a table that listed all three (Maxx was XT180?) and they all had "show in menu" selected. Only two of them showed in the menu.

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One of the first things I did was disable the audio effects.
Sad to hear those horrible "Audio Effects" are included on the new phone but glad to hear they are still easily disabled. It's the first thing I did when I did an FDR on my Razr Maxx and the first thing I'll do on my Droid Maxx when I get it.
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The lost device service is what I am trying to establish. It lists my deactivated Bionic and Deactivated Droid X but not the Maxx.

I saw a table that listed all three (Maxx was XT180?) and they all had "show in menu" selected. Only two of them showed in the menu.

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Maxx is XT1080. Did you register it? Here is the page to activate the lost device.
https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/app/home
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I don't know why but it seems to be (almost) working now.

Android Device Manager cannot locate it even with GPS fully enabled). I could send a Ring request. Oddly it uses the Orion ringtone no matter what ringtone I have the phone set to. On the Bionic it used the ringtone I set.

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I use the File Manager app from Play Store. I was a little surprised to see that the Files app was no longer pre-installed.

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I am wondering if anybody is using nova launcher with custom icons? Reason I ask is because no matter what icon pack I choose, the stock messaging app is not displaying correctly. Anyone else?
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I am wondering if anybody is using nova launcher with custom icons? Reason I ask is because no matter what icon pack I choose, the stock messaging app is not displaying correctly. Anyone else?
Nova is working beautifully for me. Although, I'm not using any of the custom icons. One thing I have found, is that when from off, you hold down the power button and volume down, you get some sort of boot option screen. I haven't messed with the boot options because I don't want to mess up my nice setup, until we get root.
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i found that under accessibility settings, you can set to have double tapping the home button open one of a few system apps. mine opens gmail. also, there's another setting to make long holding the multitask button open the overflow menu - which gets rid of the dark bar at the bottom on apps that don't have the overflow menu built in correctly.
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i found that under accessibility settings, you can set to have double tapping the home button open one of a few system apps. mine opens gmail. also, there's another setting to make long holding the multitask button open the overflow menu - which gets rid of the dark bar at the bottom on apps that don't have the overflow menu built in correctly.
Thanks for this but I can't figure out the second one for the overflow menu.
Figured it out. It's under display section of settings.
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From off, holding the power and volume down for a few (5?) seconds, then releasing the power only, you will get you the fastboot menu.
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Did you notice that if you go to Settings | Developer options it is by default On? Why?

One of the review suggested changing ...
- Transition animation scale to Animation scale .5x
- Animator duration scale to Animation scale .5x
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I did and don't notice the difference.

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If your Droid Maxx is registered with Google you can use ... Android Device Manager ... to locate it.

ADM can send a signal to your phone and it will ring for up to five minutes or to when the power button is pressed.

If GPS is enabled on your phone the ADM webpage will show you where the phone is located.

If you have it pre enabled you can have ADM request your phone perform a Factory Data Reset. To pre-enable the Droid Maxx go to Settings | Security & Screen Lock | Device Administration and make sure Android Device Manager is checked.

(During this first week of November 2013 an update to Play Services disabled "Android device manager" from Device Administrators, even if you had already manually set it. If you are depending on this service, please go Settings | Security & Screen Lock | Device Administration and make sure Android Device Manager is checked.)

(I have not yet tried requesting a Factory Data Reset of my Droid Maxx.)

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Did you notice that if you go to Settings | Developer options it is by default On? Why?

One of the review suggested changing ...
- Transition animation scale to Animation scale .5x
- Animator duration scale to Animation scale .5x
... to make it snappier.

I did and don't notice the difference.

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i changed it to 0 and noticed a big difference, especially when pressing the multitask button, it opens quicker
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You can't delete the Verizon pre-loaded contacts in the Droid line but you can disable them:

You can't remove them. But, in People, menu, contacts to display, hit customize, then disable the Verizon Wireless preset contacts.

Via doogald on XDA. I don't have my Maxx yet so can someone confirm this works?
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You can't delete the Verizon pre-loaded contacts in the Droid line but you can disable them:

You can't remove them. But, in People, menu, contacts to display, hit customize, then disable the Verizon Wireless preset contacts.

Via doogald on XDA. I don't have my Maxx yet so can someone confirm this works?
Well, I can.
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Just doing my due diligence... no offense meant.
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Just doing my due diligence... no offense meant.
None taken! I double checked by enabling them, then disabling them. They disappear from the list of contacts for sure.
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None taken! I double checked by enabling them, then disabling them. They disappear from the list of contacts for sure.
It worked perfectly - thank you!
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You can't delete the Verizon pre-loaded contacts in the Droid line but you can disable them:

You can't remove them. But, in People, menu, contacts to display, hit customize, then disable the Verizon Wireless preset contacts.

Via doogald on XDA. I don't have my Maxx yet so can someone confirm this works?
I changed the leading "#" to "Z " and saved them. They are WAY out of the way and if for some strange reason I need them in the future I know where to find them.

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Touchless Control is fascinating but still has a few wrinkles to iron out.

I originally had it setup with Call while locked checked. It puts out a warning message that others may make calls through your phone that you are not aware of.

Over five days three calls were made that I was not aware of and they were probably made as the result of someone saying something on the TV.

Of course one of them was to someone I REALLY don't want to talk to.

I turned Call when locked off and have had no unknown calls since then.

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Touchless Control is fascinating but still has a few wrinkles to iron out.

Of course one of them was to someone I REALLY don't want to talk to.

I turned Call when locked off and have had no unknown calls since then.

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LOL! Why not just delete that person from your contacts.
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LOL! Why not just delete that person from your contacts.
Then it would be an unknown caller and he might pick up the call, rather than knowing it is someone he wants to avoid.

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer!
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In a word ... Business.

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If you attempt to do anything in Play Store and get the "No Connection Retry" screen the fix is simple.

In system settings go to Settings | Date & time and make sure Automatic date & time is checked.

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One of the first things I did was disable the audio effects.
Did it sound Better?
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Bwahahahahaa! Verizon has a good sense of humor.
I know this is old, but I found it funny because I ordered my MAXX last night (through Comcast via phone) and the rep asked me if I was aware of the $30 activation fee. I said, "Yes, but if I wasn't aware of it, would you waive it?" He said no, but paying it does provide us with things such as the ability to talk to a store rep to get training on our device. I had to refrain myself from bursting out in laughter at that comment.
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My seeting right now is very fast:
Settings>developer option>window animation scale: 1x
transition animation scale: animation off
Animation duration scale: animation scale 1x

to get developer option you must go to:
About phone>Build Number and click on Build number about 3x

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Default meenova Mini Micro SD Card Reader

The meenova Mini Micro Card SD Reader works well with the Droid Maxx. To test I pulled the SD-Ext card from my deactivated Droid Bionic and read it direct on the Droid Maxx.

When initially plugged in the (blue) lights blink for a while as it is recognized by the system and then the lights are on steady.

The sound files and video files are integrated into the various tables when the lights stop blinking.

It comes with a micro to standard USB adapter but no cover is provided for the standard USB plug. There is a cover for the micro plug on the reader.

Support for these devices was returned in 4.4.4.

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When I got the Droid Maxx I could not believe how fast it would power on. It was simply astonishing.

Today I took some measurements that I find very interesting ...

Droid X - 3m 50s
Droid Bionic - 2m 12s
Droid Maxx - 31s

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When I got the Droid Maxx I could not believe how fast it would power on. It was simply astonishing.

Today I took some measurements that I find very interesting ...

Droid X - 3m 50s
Droid Bionic - 2m 12s
Droid Maxx - 31s

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I have the meenova and also the leefbridge memory add on. Both work great for me also. I agree on the speed of the boot on the Maxx. In fact I find almost everything about this phone amazing, even coming from the DX and Bionic like you. What I cannot understand is why people are not climbing over each other to get this phone. IMHO it is the best out there by far.
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This procedure removes temporary files does not delete any files or settings ...

With Maxx powered off
Press Volume Down and Power for 2-3 seconds and release

Display -- AP Fastboot Flash Mode
Press Volume Down to select Recovery
Press Volume Up to select

Display -- Motorola logo and then Exclamation mark logo
Press Volume Up for 10-15 seconds
While still holding Volume Up press Power and release both

Display -- Android System Recovery
Press Volume Down four times to select Wipe cache partition
Press Power to select

Maxx will perform the cache partition wipe and then boot normally.

Under 4.4.4 this will take from 4.5min to 6.5min to complete.

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If your Droid Maxx is registered with Google you can use ... Android Device Manager ... to locate it.

ADM can send a signal to your phone and it will ring for up to five minutes or to when the power button is pressed.

If GPS is enabled on your phone the ADM webpage will show you where the phone is located.

If you have it pre enabled you can have ADM request your phone perform a Factory Data Reset. To pre-enable the Droid Maxx go to Settings | Security & Screen Lock | Device Administration and make sure Android Device Manager is checked.
Just a quick note that there was an update to play services during this first week of November 2013. The update to Play Services disabled "Android device manager" from Device Administrators, even if you had already manually set it. If you are depending on this service, please go into Settings->Security & Screen Lock -> Device administration and make sure that Android Device Manager is checked.
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The bad news about this is that Google Play Services updates are stealthy - you have no idea that they are updated - so I guess that we'll all have to do periodic checks to make sure that this is updated going forward.
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In Jelly Bean Developer Options default to being on.
In Kit Kat Developer Options default to being off.

To turn on Developer Options ...

Go to Settings | About phone
Tap Build number seven (7) times

The {} Developer options item will appear in the menu right above About phone.

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Support for USB devices was returned in 4.4.4. You can now plug a memory stick into an adapter cable and have it accessible for read/writes from your phone. You can also use an external adapter to support read/writes to a SD memory card plugged into it.

You should not simply plug the external device in and unplug it when done. Instead ... go to ... Settings | Storage | USB DISK STORAGE/USBDISK

Use the Mount USB Disk when connecting the external device.
When done use Unmount USB Disk and when it completes disconnect.

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If you try to record a video using the camera app and receive a message that says that media cannot be captured, this is due to a recent update to the Google Search/Now app and because you have enabled "Ok Google" hotword detection on the Google Search/Google Now app. This is not to be confused with Touchless Controls on the Maxx - that continues to work fine and does not interfere with recording video.

What is happening is that the Google Search app is holding the microphone open and is not allowing the camera app to use it.

To re-enable video recording, go to the "Google" app in the app drawer, touch the three dot menu control in the bottom right, choose "Settings", "Voice", "OK Google detection", and turn off the option "From any screen" and "From lock screen".
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